Monthly Archives: February 2013

Selflessness, Seamlessness, Sewalongness, and Sewintistness


I’m working on so many things I can’t keep up with myself (see Board of Confusion)

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but thought I’d just do a random catch-up post.

I’m in the middle of a potentially cute polka dot dress, thanks to the adorable Winnie, aka Scruffy Badger Time. See WIPs, etc., both on the Flickr group and my Instagram feed. And really, please pardon my enthusiasm/desperation, but it’s okay to follow me. I’m really digging the Instagram thing and it’s there for sharing. It’s cat- and fabric-heavy, but really, what else is there?

I’m also psyched about Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men extravaganza. I have some scrumptious fabric (char-MOOSE!!),Photo Feb 16, 10 44 07 PM - Copy

and even found the perfect beaded trim, but just need to narrow down my pattern choices. I’m definitely doing a Joan because as much as I have been worshipping Megan and Jane’s wardrobes, they simply wouldn’t work on me. This will likely be more an homage than a direct copy, but I’m psyched about the project.

I’m also totally stoked about a Pushing Daisies sewalong over at Sew Classic.  You can have your New Girl (no offense, Zooey).  My girl will always be Chuck. Goal date for sew and tell is March 19, so you still have plenty of time. And it has great stashbusting potential because Cambie is a more than appropriate pattern for the task, and I KNOW there are plenty of Cambie-holics out there.

So, selflessness. I’m finally doing something for my long-suffering photographer/boyfriend Lenny. Tonight I’m replacing a few zippers on this outdoor suit thing that he wears when he’s doing snow removal and other manly foul-weather things. I needed to step away from a few projects and do something completely different. Even found a nice tutorial regarding such a task:

Here’s a little zipper-in-progress pic:
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How could I not sew something for someone who’s so nice to my kids?

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Seamlessness.  Guess what, blogoddesses?  I’ve been Seamless for over a year!!  The last clothing item I remember buying was in late December 0f 2011.  I didn’t even officially take the pledge,  but since 2012 went so swimmingly, here I go for 2013.


I, Shelley Hesson, am taking the #seamlesspledge until at least the end of 2013. I have absolutely no interest in buying new garments in any store. Shoes and hats are entirely off limits, and I may buy as many as I want, new and used.

There’s absolutely no chance you haven’t heard of The Map, but if you want the button and are on WordPress, I suggest you do what I did and post it as an image widget. It’s what I do rather than hope that a button code will work as a regular text widget (here’s the source jpg: and the ‘link URL’ is Let me know if you need any assistance on this.

As always, Happiest of Sewing, everyone!!

Laissez Les Bon Temps a Coudre Rouler


Ooh, I can hear the francophones cringing at my bad French. You should year my pronunciation. I’m trying to say something along the lines of ‘let the good times of sewing roll’.

It’s a double cause for celebration. Today, February 11, is the one-year anniversary of the first time I threaded a sewing machine. Since then it’s been chaos and mayhem, and lots of laughs and support from the blogoddess community. There will be a giveaway soon to properly observe this momentous occasion, so stay tuned!!!

Celebration number two is that it is Mardi Gras, and as mutuated as it has gotten over the years, it still brings back memories of the absolute wonder that is New Orleans, at any time of the year. What a delicious culture. You must go at least twice in your life if at all possible.

Luckily I have some Mardi Gras mask cotton, and a Gertie pencil skirt pattern from her book, so I can make something to wear roughly one day a year. I did my own version of her skirt. No waistband, since I have no waist, plus I was doing a full lining and thought it looked finished and neat enough.

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Regular zipper, nifty blue lining, really happy with how it all came together.

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Here she is in all her glory, beads and all

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I love how form-fitting it is with the four front and two back darts. Flattering front and back, or at least I feel purty in it.

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Enjoy the Deep Purple documentary in the background…

More random fun with beads, as I keep my patient boyfriend/photographer up past his bedtime…

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Happy Tuesday of Fatness, y’all

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Photo A Day. End of month catch-up.


Warning–picture heavy post. (And pansy-heavy, as it turns out)

Happy 1st of February. Just realized I’m two weeks behind in posting my life in pics, otherwise known as Photo A Day or #FMSphotoaday on your favorite social media outlet, hosted by the brilliantly named Fat Mum Slim. I finally joined Instagram so please feel free to follow me there. I have already posted my 1 February photo there, and most likely will continue to do so from now on, rather than here on the blog. Depends on which way the wind blows.

I left off with the 15th, An Ordinary Moment, so here’s the rest

Day 16. Two Things.
Lenny and I were greeted at our friends’ house as always by these adorable creatures. I could just eat ’em up!!!


Day 17. Ready
I was ready for some beer. A beer “flight” to be more specific.


Day 18. Shadow
Went for a walk on a relatively mild day, and lucked upon this photo op.


Day 19. Delicious.
My honey’s and my schedules don’t always mesh at dinnertime, but it’s wonderful when it does. Here’s something Lenny whipped up for me–chicken and some aging mashed potatoes coerced into becoming a big potato pancake.

Day 20. Something you saw.
Was happy to see that even in the depths of January my volunteer pansies are trying to hang in there.


I’m skipping Day 21 — What You Do, because I can’t seem to find that photo. Catch-up to the catching-up when I get back to my home and other cameras. I absolutely love what I do, so I can’t wait to share it!

Day 22 Corner
Typical day in the randomness that is life with my boyfriend Lenny. This cymbal was in the corner of his doorway when I got to his house that day.


Day 23. Electric.
A Lenny-taken photo. One of his many trades (besides dealing with musicians who randomly leave cymbals in his doorway) is fixing sound consoles. Here’s something he was working on, along with an electric volt meter.


Day 24. Stripes.
Cool striping of sunlight through slats in the awning.


Day 25. Landscape. Will catch up later…

Day 26. Together.
My cats don’t get along when there are humans to fight over, but they do agree upon tasty bird and squirrel morsels.

Day 27. Sun
Driving along, watching the sun set through a dirty windshield.

Day 28. Through
Looking through the sunroof at the beautiful blue.


Day 29. Grow. (aka Pansy Pic #2)
So jealous of this Cracker Barrel landscaping in Georgia. It’s warm enough for growing pansies, whereas I can’t even think of planting mine at home in New Jersey for about 6 more weeks. Maybe my little volunteer guys will still be holding on when I get home…

Day 30. Down.
Can’t get much more down than South of the Border.


Day 31. Yourself. aka I Could Have Had A V-8!
This is an outtake from my last blog post. Seems like by the time Lenny is ready to snap, I’m readjusting my hair or a crease or a pocket or something. Happens every time.


Whew!! Done with January.

Again, you can also see other and more brilliant photos by hashtagging #FMSphotoaday on Instagram and on Twitter. And don’t forget to follow me. Also please feel free to put your Instagram or Twitter links in the comments so that I and others can follow you too.